Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wash Day

It seems like everyday is wash day here at Relatively Unique. Saturday is the BIG wash day. Today all the sheets gets fresh sheets! We have an association in our development and we are not permitted to have a wash line. Do you remember our drive through Lancaster and I took a picture of this Amish wash line.....

I do miss having a wash line. My mom and Tony's mom always hung their wash outside. Still do today. I miss the smell and feeling of fresh sun bleached sheets. Although, I do like my towels to come out of a dryer. Do you remember the feel of a towel off the wash line...ouch!

We can't take our washer and dryer with us...gas here...electric there.  Opportunity for a front loader! Wouldn't you agree or would you disagree with a front loader? Started looking at Lowe's and reading consumer reports to see what they thought, but I know you will give me the best and most honest advice.

What kind of washer do you have and why do you like it or dislike it?

Well off to make the beds!  Hope you're having a great weekend!


Rene said...

This is exciting. I can only sit and cheer you on as our washer and dryer are older than our children. Whatever you decide, please blog about it so we can learn from you :) Happy researching!


Corners of My Life said...

One way to get that clothes line smell - Ultra Downy pure essentials aloe and white lilac scent. I use it for my sheets and towels.

Sandy said...

I don't think I have ever 'hung my clothes out to dry'... always had a dryer.. it's easier and your so right about the 'bath towels'.. (hard)..
Nice post.. Has been raining since yesterday here.. "Bonnie" fizzled out and turned into nothing more than a "rain event" so I've been indoors doing stuff!..
Happy Weekend!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Happy washing, Wendy .^_^.
And a happy happy weekend! xx

Debbie said...

I have a few friends with the front loaders and they love them....just read which ones get the best results. When I was young my grandmother always hung the laundry out to dry..I loved it too!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

We love our front loaders and would highly recommend them. We got the most inexpensive ones but have been happy with them. It's mcuh easier to wash towels and sheets in them then the top loaders.

Sandy said...

Hi Wendy.. was nice of you to stop by my blog.. The "Trumpet" tree gets very large, I've seen them two stories tall and they are very Tropical..
The photo of my son and bride was taken near their home, Sault St Marie, MI.. they eloped to Montana to get married. She has never been, and wanted to see wild horses.... after Montana they drove to Seattle then took two weeks and drove home.. but, duty called and Tom had to go to the Gulf...
Thanks again.. oh, as long as it drys I have no preference for a dryer..the washer has to be top loading, I'm one who likes to open it now and then. Front loading I can't.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sheets hung outside...just can't get any better than that!


Vintage Linen Treasures said...

When we bought this new house I was SO excited to get to buy a front loader and matching dryer. I wish I had done a little more research and listened to my gut instinct. What I love about them: The washer uses lots less water, and has an amazing spin cycle that leaves the clothes damp. Everything dries SO much faster so that's less energy used.
What I HATE: Water gets trapped in the gasket and makes the washer smell mildew-y unless I dry it off when I'm done and leave the door slightly ajar. And because they're on pedestals they take up a lot of visual space. I think there are newer versions of top loaders that do the same thing and they don't have that smell.
Thanks for asking. I've been dieing to tell this to someone!
Patricia :o)
Ps: My sheets are in the washer right now,too!

Beth @ Dirty Laundry said...

Oh, Wendy, I would marry my front loaders if I could. I just love them. I can do almost a whole week's laundery in a light, dark, and white load once a week! So big! And the dryer dries as fast as the washer washes because the washer reallyspins the water out. GET THEM!

Also, thanks to the commenter about the Downy Pure White Lilac and Aloe, I am going to try it!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wendy, I did have a front loader. The first one out by Maytag called the Neptune. I loved it so much when we first got it. Quiet as a mouse and cleaned great. Then our clothes started smelling sour and it was a defect with the Neptune line where water would sit on the rubber gasket in the door and turned to mildew which was putting the sour smell on all our clothes. I found out too late about the recall they had on it. We got rid of it and got a top loader this time just in case, and I got one by GE. Supposedly very quiet. Well, I don't think so. I really don't like it, but am stuck with it now! Don't get a GE.

Anonymous said...

We don't have a clothes line, but my MIL does and I just love the fresh smell.

Front load washers can be good, but I would definitely recommend researching the mildew issue because it can be a problem.

Robyn said...

I LOVE my front loading washer...It's very important to do the tub clean cycle with bleach occassionally. I usually bleach my whites so I don't have a big problem with the mildew issue. My dryer is front load and I can't WAIT for it to die! LOL I want a front loader and I really want to stack them to give me some MUCH needed laundry room space.

Thanks for you sweet comment on my blog! I'm your newest follower!

{BlueEyedYonder} said...

Hi! Found your blog from a comment you left on "Our Old Southern House". I have heard some horror stories from friends that have front loaders. There does seem to be a problem with the whole "mildew" issue. You have to clean it pretty regularly, leave the door cracked so air can get inside and they suggest using only powdered detergent. I have always loved the way they look, but hearing my friends moan and groan about theirs makes me have second thoughts. Best of luck in whatever you decide!

Maria M. Boyer said...

I'm with Kim above. I had a front loader and initially loved it. Then the mold came ... and the smell. Then it cost near-$400 to replace the computer in it. Then I sold it and bought my top loader. Not as water efficient, but my clothes get a good washing. I'm not sure I'd ever go back to the front loader. They'd have to do some major improvements for me to appreciate the energy savings. Of course, no appliance is as good as the old ones. Just not built as well. Good luck with your decision.

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